Creation/Evolution of a Vice-Presidential Candidate

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who will become vice president if John McCain is elected president, has spoken in the past about her views on creation, evolution and science education. Those interested in these issues will want to take a look! [Read more...]

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LOST Body

As I’ve been finishing off the manuscript of my book on the burial of Jesus (which should be available from Booksurge in a few weeks if the process goes smoothly), I started thinking (as I often do) about LOST. On LOST, Jack begins catching glimpses of his deceased father. Eventually he finds the empty casket. [Read More...]

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Keep Teaching The “Controversy”

Martin at Sneer Review has posted another installment in his “Teach Both Sides” series of posters. Don’t miss the DNA code in the background! [Read more...]

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Blog the Controversy

There may not be a genuine scientific dispute over evolution as such, but there certainly is dispute from those outside of the relevant natural science about whether there is a dispute. Here are just a few recent posts related to evolution on blogs I read: Jason Rosenhouse continues his coverage of the Sixth International Conference [Read More...]

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Classes Begin

Classes begin today here at Butler University. This semester I’ll be teaching The Bible, South Asian Civilizations (a core curriculum Global and Historical Studies course), and Heresy (which is, in essence, a course about early Christian extracanonical literature and the debates about and development of doctrine in the early church, but that doesn’t have quite [Read More...]

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150,000

Sometime yesterday I had my 150,000th visit to this blog, counting from the time I moved it to Blogger in June of last year. Thanks to all visitors who’ve made this such a fun and interesting experience so far! [Read more...]

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Teach the Controversy

Although I think the cartoon (actually it would be better to call it a poster) I’m about to share speaks for itself, it makes a key point that should not be missed about how Intelligent Design goes about its business and tries to achieve its aims. I can’t imagine anyone taking seriously in any other [Read More...]

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Evolution and Indoctrination

Many have blogged about the recent New York Times pieces on evolution and science education (see, among others, Science & Religion Today, A Blog Around the Clock, Thoughts in a Haystack and Antiquitopia). I was rather dismayed by Jim West’s depiction of it as about “indoctrination” into evolutionary thinking. I cannot be too critical, since [Read More...]

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Only A Theory

I was thinking of calling this blog entry “Germ Warfare”, because there are striking parallels between the science of evolution and the science of germs. For most of us living in the United States and Western Europe today, it is hard to imagine a time when people did not believe the germ theory of illness, [Read More...]

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4400 Prophecies

In the first few episodes of season 4 of The 4400, a book comes to light that belonged to a religious sect that existed almost a century earlier. The book mentions a Messiah and contains a sketch that looks rather like Jordan Collier, mentions a special elixir, and as we find out in the season’s [Read More...]

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What Lies Beneath

Plenty of people have had flashes of insight while in the bathroom. Others have them because they can’t get into the bathroom. No, this isn’t one of those stories. We decided to get some tiles put into our bathroom, as well as a new sink and toilet. When the workmen started scraping up the linoleum, [Read More...]

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